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Monday, August 07, 2006

What is our Story

In an article for Planetizen, the planner Leonardo Vazquez discusses how New Urbanism and the pro-property rights movement have used narrative (dare we say myths?) to "sell" their planning idea.

If we are to sell our story . . . the notion that Green Infrastructure is a critical, strategic and, getting back to the root of the word, vital resource that needs to be planned for in Seattle, what is the plot that we need to build? Is it the Olmsted legacy? Mayor Nickels' leadership on the climate change front? The diminishment of "urban livability" (not a very uplifting story)? Or the salmon and orcas that are endangered in the Sound?

What is the story about Seattle that you tell your kids (or that you will)? How do we package the narrative?

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